For tourists who hope to have a unique, ?off the beaten path? experience in Italy, learning a little of the native language is crucial. Just knowing they find the train station (stazione del treno) or say ?thank you? (grazie) can relieve some of the stress that traveling can bring. Featuring hundreds of commonly used phrases, this pocket-sized guide provides travellers with the words they need to order dinner, talk on the phone, read street signs and train schedules, shop with confidence, and more. This book even features the basics of Italian grammar and pronunciation as well as common idioms and slang words. Conveniently organized and indexed by category, this quick reference guide is a one-stop guide for quick, practical phrases for any situation.
This program examines the life and enduring appeal of the symbol of Italian manhood and the Latin lover from the sixties onwards, the first and perhaps last truly international Italian movie star, who was launched to success in his starring role in Fellini’s, “La Dolce Vita”. With extensive film and interview-based archives, this documentary allows Mastroianni to tell his own story and explore all the complexities and ambiguities that went towards making him such an irresistible force. A favourite of directors like Fellini, Visconti and Antonioni, he also frequently starred opposite celebrated stars like Sophia Loren and Claudia Cardinale.
Based on a wealth of documents long buried in the Vatican archives, Prisoner of the Vatican tells the story of the Church's secret attempt to block the unification of Italy and seize control - not in ancient times, but in the late nineteenth century. For more than fifty years, the pope was a self-imposed prisoner within the Vatican walls, planning to flee Italy, to return only as the restored ruler of Rome and the Papal States. The scheme to dismantle the newborn Italian nation involved not only the cardinals and the Curia but also attempts to exploit the rivalries among France, Germany, Austria, Spain, and England. Kertzer brings to light an untold drama played out among fascinating characters: Pope Pius IX, the most important pontiff in modern history; King Victor Emmanuel, working behind the backs of his own ministers; the dashing national hero Garibaldi; France's ill-starred Napoleon III, and many more